Vol. 26 Iss. 25 - August 16, 2010

Chapter 20
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Veterinary Medicine is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Code of Virginia, which excludes regulations that are necessary to conform to changes in Virginia statutory law where no agency discretion is involved. The Board of Veterinary Medicine will receive, consider, and respond to petitions from any interested person at any time with respect to reconsideration or revision.

Title of Regulation: 18VAC150-20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine (amending 18VAC150-20-140).

Statutory Authority: § 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: September 15, 2010.

Agency Contact: Leslie L. Knachel, Executive Director, Board of Veterinary Medicine, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 662-4426, FAX (804) 527-4471, or email


This action amends the Board of Veterinary Medicine's regulations relating to unprofessional conduct for conformity to the language of § 54.1-3812.1 of the Code of Virginia (Chapter 574 of the 2010 Acts of the Assembly). 18VAC150-20-140, which sets out grounds for unprofessional conduct, refers to reporting "evidence of animal abuse" while § 54.1-3812.1 of the Code of Virginia refers to reporting "suspected animal cruelty." For consistency with the Code of Virginia and the provision of immunity for such reports, the regulation is amended to use the terminology found in § 54.1-3812.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Part III
Unprofessional Conduct

18VAC150-20-140. Unprofessional conduct.

Unprofessional conduct as referenced in § 54.1-3807(5) of the Code of Virginia shall include the following:

1. Representing conflicting interests except by express consent of all concerned given after a full disclosure of the facts. Acceptance of a fee from both the buyer and the seller is prima facie evidence of a conflict of interest.

2. Practicing veterinary medicine or equine dentistry where an unlicensed person has the authority to control the professional judgment of the licensed veterinarian or the equine dental technician.

3. Issuing a certificate of health unless he shall know of his own knowledge by actual inspection and appropriate tests of the animals that the animals meet the requirements for the issuance of such certificate on the day issued.

4. Revealing confidences gained in the course of providing veterinary services to a client, unless required by law or necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of other persons or animals.

5. Advertising in a manner which is false, deceptive, or misleading or which makes subjective claims of superiority.

6. Violating any state law, federal law, or board regulation pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary technology or equine dentistry.

7. Practicing veterinary medicine or as an equine dental technician in such a manner as to endanger the health and welfare of his patients or the public, or being unable to practice veterinary medicine or as an equine dental technician with reasonable skill and safety.

8. Performing surgery on animals in an unregistered veterinary establishment or not in accordance with the establishment permit or with accepted standards of practice.

9. Refusing the board or its agent the right to inspect an establishment at reasonable hours.

10. Allowing unlicensed persons to perform acts restricted to the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary technology or an equine dental technician including any invasive procedure on a patient or delegation of tasks to persons who are not properly trained or authorized to perform such tasks.

11. Failing to provide immediate and direct supervision to a licensed veterinary technician or an assistant in his employ.

12. Refusing to release a copy of a valid prescription upon request from a client.

13. Misrepresenting or falsifying information on an application or renewal form.

14. Failing to report evidence of animal abuse suspected animal cruelty to the appropriate authorities.

15. Failing to release patient records when requested by the owner; a law-enforcement entity; or a federal, state, or local health regulatory agency.

VA.R. Doc. No. R10-2488; Filed July 28, 2010, 2:03 p.m.